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Retro Wooden Sideboard- SOLD

4 Apr

Retro wooden sideboard

Retro wooden sideboard

It’s been ages since I’ve come across a well priced sideboard – I’m not sure quite why (other than the fact that they’re great pieces of furniture!), but sideboards have become ridiculously popular in recent years! I get requests for them all the time, and when I look at the prices overseas for retro sideboards it would seem that it’s a worldwide phenomenon. So it was hard to contain my excitement when I stumbled across this great sideboard the other day – not only was it affordable, but it’s also one of the best looking sideboards that I’ve seen, plus it’s in great condition! There was a sticker on one of the doors that read ‘Springmaster’, and when I googled it I found one reference to a Springmaster sideboard, which the sellers said they brought with them from South Africa when they immigrated to Australia in the 1960s, so it might well be that that’s the name of the furniture manufacturer who produced this great piece, although it’s a bit odd that I can’t find any other references to the company.

The thing that really stands out is the design of the cupboard and drawer handles, which seem to scream ’60s. For me they’re a great example of really good retro design that balances functionality with aesthetics – not only are they stupidly good looking, but they work really well. I’ve replaced the handle on the bottom drawer with a plain metal knob, because the original was a little too crazy for my taste, but other than that everything’s as it was when it was first built, including the great curved shelf in what I would assume is a drink’s cabinet, although it would also be great or storing crockery.

This is one of those great pieces that you don’t see that often anymore. I hope somebody out there appreciates it as much as I do – and if not it’ll just have to stay with me for a bit longer!

Dimensions: 1.67m wide x 48cm deep x 85cm tall

Price: R3200

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Retro Wooden Armchair – SOLD

12 Mar

Retro wooden armchair

Retro wooden armchair

When I look at the way that furniture used to be made I have to wonder what’s happened to design over the years? Retro pieces of furniture are only really comparable to today’s high end designs that you pay an arm and a leg for, whereas a lot of the retro pieces were mass produced and available in general department stores, i.e. they were affordable. Like look at the thought that was put into this wooden armchair – the subtle angle of the legs and the curve of the seat where it meets the backrest are just beautiful. Even the metal springs, that were designed to be hidden (but I’ve exposed them), are good looking! This is one handsome armchair! The cushions have been reupholstered in a simple grey, and the wood has been given a light sand and a coat of varnish (although it could possibly do with another coat) – overall it’s a nice clean, beautifully designed piece, that would fit in with most decor schemes – and likely outlast (and outdo!) any modern furniture that you may already have!

Dimensions: 90cm tall x 62.5cm wide x 70cm deep

Price: R1200

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Retro Wooden Armchair – SOLD

3 Mar

Retro wood & vinyl armchair

Retro wood & vinyl armchair

You may not notice it right off the bat, but this retro wooden armchair has great style! For the most part it’s a fairly straight forward piece, but then you see the detail in the subtle curve of the legs and the arms, and straight away it becomes a different piece of furniture. The wood has been sanded down so is in pretty good nick, and obviously the upholstery’s been re-done, although the brown vinyl isn’t that dissimilar to the original fabric.

A very handsome, and solidly built armchair that would look great sitting in the corner of your lounge, office or bedroom.

Dimensions: 85cm tall x 68cm wide x 57cm deep

Price: R980

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Cheval Dressing Table – SOLD

17 Feb

Cheval dressing table

Cheval dressing table

Cheval mirrors come in all sorts of styles, but this particular version is one of my favourite designs. I like the fact that it  has a drawer (always handy), and the oval shape of the mirror is great, but it’s the little retro legs that really do it for me! On the whole the mirror is in great condition, but unfortunately when we got it the chipboard backing had deteriorated to the point where it needed replacing, which means that there’s a difference in colour between the back of the mirror and the rest of the piece. The original backing was also chipboard, but it had either been stained or had become darker with age, so the difference was less noticeable. That being said, it is the back of the mirror, so it doesn’t stand out too much and with time you won’t really notice it at all.

A lovely, practical piece of furniture that will add a bit of retro style to your bedroom.

Dimensions: 160cm tall x 40cm deep x 47cm wide

Price: R900

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Metal Side Tables – SOLD

5 Feb

Pair of metal side tables

Pair of metal side tables

I think it’s likely that these metal side tables were handmade by somebody at some point in the late 1960s or early ’70s. The tables are slightly different sizes, which would be unusual if they were commercially produced, and they have standard kitchen tiles as table-tops, which I think would probably also be unusual for something that was mass produced. They’ve definitely seen a lot of use over the years – the tiles have plenty of scratches and few slight chips here and there. I don’t think that the damage is that noticeable though – I’d still be happy to have them on my balcony, and if it really bothers you it probably wouldn’t be that difficult, or cost that much, to replace the tiles.

Dimensions: Black table – 43cm tall x 31cm wide; Blue table – 45cm tall x 31cm wide

Price: R230 each

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Retro Armchairs

31 Jan

Pair of retro armchairs

Pair of retro armchairs

I’m selling these chairs on behalf of a friend, but anyone who knows me knows that I’m a wee bit fussy about what I put on my blog, so even though they’re not mine I still think they’re fabulous! Although you need a bit of imagination to see how cool they could be – the upholstery could do with a revamp and the small wooden legs a bit of oil, but these chairs have great ‘bones’ and would look fantastic with a bit of TLC! I have two similar armchairs in my cottage and they’ve been my pride and joy for years, so I know that the person who’s lucky enough to nab this pair is going to be very happy indeed!

Please get in touch with Dean if you’re interested in buying the chairs or have any questions: deanmaber@gmail.com

Price: R500 each

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